After last week’s PageRank update, plus because the ads were making the site look very cluttered and busy, I have decided to remove all advertising from PlanetMike.com.
I’ve been experimenting with advertising on the site since leaving my full-time webmaster gig in February, 10 months ago. I have used Google Adsense, Adbrite, Project Wonderful, and Text-Link-Ads. I did receive some money for these ads, enough that it was a bit more than chump change, but not enough that I could retire completely. Each ad system had their advantages and disadvantages:
- Project Wonderful: Easy to implement; very low payout unless you have a very popular site. (See Thoughts on the Project Wonderful ad system for more info.)
- Google Adsense: Easy to implement; low payout.
- Adbrite: Easy to implement; low payout; R and near-X rated ads, one ad was trying to infect Windows PC’s, which was when I dropped the program. Adbrite won’t give me my $4.94 that has accumulated in my account .:(
- Text-Link-Ads: can be tricky to implement, requires you to give special file permissions to a settings file on the web site; ads will affect your rankings in search engines; some ads are links to bad places; very high payout.
So how am I going to make money from PlanetMike since I will no longer carry advertising? For the short term, I’ll beg for donations. Longer term, I’ll ramp up my programming and consulting efforts, which will probably include reviewing sites. So, if you need some help on a web issue, feel free to contact me.
I also will be looking into what search engine I should use so that the site can be searched. Right now I use Google’s, so I do make a few cents from those searches. But those few pennies aren’t enough to justify not looking around to see what the options are. I’m open to suggestions, just leave a comment here.